It was another successful year for RSK and Binnies at the world’s leading conference on global water issues in Singapore.
Several strong relationships were forged at the five-day Singapore International Water Week (SIWW2022), which opened to great anticipation on April 17 as one of the first in-person conferences and events in the region.
Attended by more than 15,000 people, SIWW2022 and CleanEnviro Summit (CESG) 2022 hosted over 80 content tracks offering deep dives into highlight topics with the aims to actualise actionable insights, reach business opportunities and scale real-world solutions across cities.
There were multiple representatives from RSK at the event, including Chief Executive Alan Ryder, Chief Scientist Lucy Thomas and Strategic Business Development Director Mark Smith who were all there to witness the official opening ceremony of the RSK Centre for Sustainability Excellence (CSE).
Officiated by the Minister of Sustainability and Environment Grace Fu, the ceremony saw the attendance of many prominent figures such as the Senior Minister of State Amy Khor, the Minister of State, Desmond Tan, as well as Her Excellency, British High Commissioner, Kara Owen.
Speaking about the centre, Lucy Thomas, the Managing Director of CSE said: “RSK is a well-established and trusted service provider across Europe, the Middle East and Africa and through the Centre for Sustainability Excellence, we hope to bring this wealth of experience to the Asia-Pacific region.
“Our business is built on delivering practical solutions to very challenging problems, going well beyond consultancy to bring sustainability to life. Underpinned by real-world knowledge and the leading-edge climate research that will be delivered by the RSK Research Institute for Climate Strategy, the centre will help businesses move at pace towards a more sustainable future.
Across the five days, attendees took part in almost 50 technical sessions and over 300 papers spanning 6 themes, as well as a tour of the Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF).
Along with key insights and offerings from Thematic & Business Forums, 250 exhibitors, including 12 pavilions, delegates participated in robust dialogues and interaction while taking in products and services showcased across 21 different product categories at the Expo.
Alan shared his experience from the technical site visits he attended with the delegation, explaining “Binnies folk are working on world class projects,”. “For example the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System is just awesome, as is the Tuas Nexus integrated waste management facility and the water reclamation plant – quite incredible what you are building the best in the world, and this creates credentials for us which we can benefit from in all corners of the world.”
The week concluded with a visit to the Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant (KMEDP), hosted by the Keppel Infrastructure Team.
As well as getting an introduction and gallery tour at the facilities, the team were given an in-depth presentation by the hosts to better understand the inner workings of this award winning dual-mode desalination plant that is a piece of Singapore’s Founding Father, Lee Kuan Yew’s water vision for the nation.
Meanwhile, Alan gave an exclusive interview to Dawn McGregor from China Water Risk in which he shared at length his insights on the current climate situation, RSK’s actionable efforts and how Binnies plays a key part for the group, especially in the Asia Pacific region.
Rounding up nicely was a live on-air interview for Lucy Thomas with John Yip from CNA 93.8, Singapore’s current affairs radio channel, where she shared in detail, the vision, both short- and long-term plans for RSK CSE as well as her experience at SIWW2022.
With a total of 12 presentations headed by members of Binnies and RSK, a strong presence by the team was enjoyed throughout the week.
Tony Koodie, Regional Process Director, Europe & Asia, Binnies, and Eddy Fong, Process Specialist at Binnies Singapore, presented on high interest topics such as Microplastics and Bromate Formation at the Water Convention Technical Oral Presentations, while Koh Sock Hoon, Process Specialist for Binnies Singapore, was invited as a judge for the Best Poster Awards, in addition to moderating the session on Wastewater Management.
Throughout the preparation for SIWW2022, sustainability was a key factor and front and centre of all major decision making and the team carefully considered sustainable options weighed against reasonable costs to ensure the carbon footprint for the event was kept to a minimum.
Danielle King, Head of Climate Change Strategy and Decarbonisation at RSK summed up the SIWW2022 event as a ‘truly brilliant experience’.
“I was delighted to see both the risks and opportunities associated with climate change take centre stage at the event, as people from across the water sector came from around the world to discuss the critical issues of adaptation and mitigation,” she said.
“The collaborative environment provided by the organisers, in terms of the structure of the plenaries, the presentations, the exhibitions, site visits, and even the tea and coffee breaks, was excellent; each allowing ample opportunity for networking and the constructive exchange of ideas – it was the perfect place to launch the RSK CSE, together with our colleagues from Binnies who were so exceptionally welcoming.”